Sopheap Pich, Sculptor

In Phnom Penh, one of Cambodia’s today most prominent artists has established his studio. Born in 1971, Sopheap Pich has already spent half of his life abroad, most of it in the United States, where he moved with all his family in 1984. In Amherst, Massachussets, he received his education and later traveled, studied and lived in Miami, Chicago, France and Boston where he graduated with a Masters of Arts. Still, the country was calling him back. In 2002, Sopheap Pich decided to come back living in Cambodia. 7 years later Pich has settled a space for work, found his voice (abandoning painting for sculpture) and his material, rattan and bamboo, which he uses to create his sculptures, some of then referring to the body and our organs, and the feelings and emotions that our mind and spirit experience through them.
These last years Sopheap Pich has received international interest. His work is currently represented galleries in Bangkok, Hong Kong and in New York City, where Sopheap Pich will soon open his last exhibit: "The Pulse Within”, before being part in December of the Asia Pacific Triennale in Queensland, Australia. No Cambodian artist has yet been that prolific and successful to that international level. Still, Sopheap Pich recognizes that this is something he couldn’t have achieved if he had not secured great working relationships with the two assistants working with him in his studio...